New York Country Estate Where Ian Fleming Wrote Two Bond Novels Wants $3M

The upstate New York estate where the brains behind James Bond wrote the novels Diamonds Are Forever and Goldfinger is on the market asking $2.95 million. Novelist Ian Fleming, formerly a British intelligence officer, was a frequent summer visitor in the 1950s at this 440-acre farm owned by his close friend John Felix Charles Ivar Bryce and his wife Josephine Huntington, a philanthropist and the heir to the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company. Known as Black Hole Hollow Farm and nestled on the New York-Vermont border, the idyllic estate has played host to the likes of Princess Margaret and Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy and likely inspired at least a few of Bond’s great adventures.

The White Creek snakes across the property, a thin line of water trickling past tiered ponds, rolling green pastures, and miles of private trails with access to an adjacent 5,000-acre forest preserve. No less impressive than the abundance of nature are the series of structures that dot the premises, anchored by the 18th-century farmhouse residence. Revived by architect Jerome Cerny in recent years, the circa-1772 home spans 8,143 square feet with six bedrooms.

Not far away from this main house sit four cottages, a maple syrup production facility, and a serene greenhouse. The estate also boasts four barns, a riding arena, and fenced paddocks. Located just 30 miles from the Saratoga Race Course, this sprawling property may especially beckon to equestrians.

Story Jenks and Kathleen Coumou of Christie’s International Real Estate have the listing.